Sermon Outline

Sermon Outline

Is Jesus Christ God?

KEY PASSAGE: John 1:1-5

SUPPORTING SCRIPTURES: Genesis 1:26 | Matthew 9:2-6 | John 3:3 | John 3:16 | John 5:36 | John 6:38 | John 8:12 | John 8:19 | John 8:29 | John 10:7 | John 10:9 | John 10:10 | John 10:14 | John 10:17-18 | John 10:30 | John 12:45 | John 14:6 | John 14:11 | John 14:16-17 | John 16:7 | Colossians 1:14-17

SUMMARY

What do you think of Jesus Christ? How you answer this question is of utmost importance.

Was He merely a man, one of the numerous prophets or teachers who roamed the world in that day, or someone else? Many people may be interested in His teachings or healings, but in the big scheme of things, they think God is the important one—not Jesus. They may claim to believe in God while considering Jesus irrelevant. But what does the Bible say?

SERMON POINTS

John’s gospel provides a picture of Jesus unlike any other place in Scripture. John’s answer to Christ’s identity is an affirmation that Jesus is God. And all the evidence that is required to prove this statement is found in God’s Word, particularly in the book of John. According to John 1:1-5, Jesus is the eternal God, Creator of everything, and source of life who was with God in the beginning.

Who did Jesus say He was?

  • “I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me” (John 10:14).
  • “I am the door of the sheep … if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved (John 10:7, 9).
  • “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).
  • “He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me” (John 12:45).
  • “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life” (John 8:12).
  • “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).

Were Jesus’ actions consistent with who God is?

  • “I always do the things that are pleasing to Him” (John 8:29).
  • “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
  • “The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (Matt. 9:6).
  • “I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again” (John 10:17-18).
  • “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (John 6:38).

What was Jesus’ relationship to God the Father?

  • “Let Us make man in Our image” (Gen. 1:26). The words “Us” and “Our” refer to the Trinity, which includes God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
  • “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).
  • “If you knew Me, you would know My Father also” (John 8:19).
  • “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17). All three members of the Trinity are mentioned in this passage.
  • “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). John was testifying that Jesus was God in human flesh.
  • “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being” (John 1:3). John identifies Him as the Creator, which is also supported by Genesis 1:26.
  • “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him” (Col. 1:15-17). Paul also affirms that Jesus is the Creator.
  • “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (John 6:38).
  • “I am in the Father and the Father is in Me” (John 14:11).
  • “The very works that I do—testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me” (John 5:36).
  • “I always do the things that are pleasing to Him” (John 8:29).

Why is Christ’s deity so important?

In the minds of many people God is a distant, foreign, indescribable entity that exists out there somewhere. They claim to believe in God but pay little attention to Him and don’t want to be subject to Him. Their god is expected to help them when they need it but never make them feel convicted or guilty of sin.

In addition, many people who say they believe in God do not believe in Jesus. This is true of the various religions throughout the world. But it’s impossible to believe in the one true God and exclude Jesus Christ because He is one of the members of the Trinity. Furthermore, Jesus claimed that He and the Father are one. Another reason people don’t want to acknowledge the deity of Christ is because that makes God too personal and themselves accountable. They prefer a god who will agree with them and help them get whatever they want in life, not one who meddles in their business and holds them responsible. But that is not who the true God is.

Why did Jesus say He came into the world?

He came that we might have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). The Father sent Him to earth to walk in human flesh, face temptation without sin, and perform miracles that testified of His deity. Eventually He died on a cross to bear the punishment for our sins so that everyone who believes in Him could be forgiven and receive eternal life. And all of this was motivated by God’s love for us (John 3:16). Jesus is the only one who can save us from eternal condemnation.

What happens if Jesus is not God?

  • Then He is a liar.
  • He can’t be trusted.
  • His death had no effect, and we are still in our sins.
  • The story of the resurrection is false, and we have no hope of eternal life or a future resurrection.
  • Christianity is just another false religion.
  • Then we are hopeless and helpless in this life and will face judgment and eternal punishment.

But Jesus is God, and everything He said and did has resulted in the forgiveness of our sins, the gift of eternal life, and a home in heaven.

RESPONSE

  • Does your perception of God and Jesus match these biblical descriptions or have you made a god of your own imagination and liking?
  • What will you do with the truth about Jesus? What is at stake if you reject it? What is in store for you if you believe it?
Bible

Bible

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 He was in the beginning with God.

3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

26 Then God said, ``Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

2 And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, ``Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven."

3 And some of the scribes said to themselves, ``This fellow blasphemes."

4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, ``Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?

5 Which is easier, to say, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, `Get up, and walk'?

6 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"--then He said to the paralytic, ``Get up, pick up your bed and go home."

3 Jesus answered and said to him, ``Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."

16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

36 But the testimony which I have is greater than the testimony of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish--the very works that I do--testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me.

38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ``I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."

19 So they were saying to Him, ``Where is Your Father?" Jesus answered, ``You know neither Me nor My Father; if you knew Me, you would know My Father also."

29 And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him."

7 So Jesus said to them again, ``Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

9 I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

14 I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me,

17 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.

18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father."

30 I and the Father are one."

45 He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me.

6 Jesus said to him, ``I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.

16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;

17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.

14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him.

17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.